Famous Poets from China

List of notable or famous poets from China, with bios and photos, including the top poets born in China and even some popular poets who immigrated to China. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Chinese poets then this list is the perfect resource for you. These poets are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known poet from China is included when available.

Examples include Li Bai and Su Shi.

This historic poets from China list can help answer the questions "Who are some Chinese poets of note?" and "Who are the most famous poets from China?" These prominent poets of China may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Chinese poets.

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  • Aì Qīng (Chinese: 艾青; pinyin: Aì Qīng; Wade–Giles: Ai Ch'ing; born Jiǎng Zhènghán (Chinese: 蒋正涵; pinyin: Jiǎng Zhènghán) and styled Jiǎng Hǎichéng (Chinese: 蒋海澄; pinyin: Jiǎng Hǎichéng); March 27, 1910 – May 5, 1996), is regarded as one of the finest modern Chinese poets. He was known under his pen names Línbì (Chinese: 林壁; pinyin: Línbì), Kè'ā (Chinese: 克阿; pinyin: Kè'ā) and Éjiā (Chinese: 莪伽; pinyin: Éjiā).
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1910-1996)
    • Birthplace: Jinhua, China
  • Cáo Xuěqín ([tsʰǎu ɕɥètɕʰǐn]; Chinese: 曹雪芹); (1715 or 1724 – 1763 or 1764) was a Chinese writer during the Qing dynasty. He is best known as the author of Dream of the Red Chamber, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. His given name was Cáo Zhān (曹霑) and his courtesy name was Mèngruǎn (simplified Chinese: 梦阮; traditional Chinese: 夢阮).
    • Age: Dec. at 48 (1715-1763)
    • Birthplace: Nanjing, China
  • Duo Duo or Duoduo (Chinese: 多多, born 1951) is the pen name of contemporary Chinese poet, Li Shizheng (栗世征), a prominent exponent of the Chinese Misty Poets (朦胧诗). Duo Duo was awarded the 2010 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.
    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: Beijing, China
  • Gu Cheng
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    Gu Cheng (simplified Chinese: 顾城; traditional Chinese: 顧城; September 24, 1956 – October 8, 1993) was a famous Chinese modern poet, essayist and novelist. He was a prominent member of the "Misty Poets", a group of Chinese modernist poets.
    • Age: Dec. at 37 (1956-1993)
    • Birthplace: Beijing, China
  • Hanshan
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    Hanshan (Chinese: 寒山; pinyin: Hánshān; literally: 'Cold Mountain', fl. 9th century) is a figure associated with a collection of poems from the Chinese Tang Dynasty in the Taoist and Chan tradition. No one knows who he was, when he lived and died, or whether he actually existed. In the Chinese Buddhist tradition, Hanshan and his sidekick Shide are honored as emanations of the bodhisattvas Mañjuśrī and Samantabhadra, respectively. In Japanese and Chinese paintings, Hanshan is often depicted together with Shide or with Fenggan, another monk with legendary attributes. Little is known of his work, since he was a recluse living in a remote region and his poems were written on rocks in the ...more
    • Birthplace: China
  • Hualing Nieh Engle (born 11 January 1925), née Nieh Hua-ling (Chinese: 聶華苓; pinyin: Niè Huálíng), is a Chinese novelist, fiction writer, and poet. She is a professor emerita at the University of Iowa.
    • Age: 98
    • Birthplace: Wuhan, China